Tuesday, 6 December 2011

This food will make you happy and tired

You have probably heard before that you should drink milk if you can't sleep. The reason for that is that it contains a lot of the aminoacid tryptophan which pretty much turns into a hormone called serotonin in the brain.

Serotonin regulates the sleep (make you tired), your ability to concentrate and it will also make you happy, calm and satisfied! If your serotonin levels are too low you can become depressed, get anxiety, aggressive and so on.. You can also get cravings for fast carbs. On the other hand, a high level has an antidepressive effect.

This is one way of effecting your mood from the food you eat!

Here is a list of foods with a lot of tryptophan:

  • Free range turkey
  • Flaxseed/ flaxseed oil (linfr√∂)
  • Buckweat
  • Wild fish and sea food
  • Whey protein
  • Bananas
  • Free range eggs
  • Sour cherries
  • Dark chocolate
So instead of milk you can maybe eat a banana if you can't sleep.. Speaking about bananas, eat the green ones - they turn into less sugar in your body compared to the yellow ones.

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